Smart car brand which is now jointly owned by Geely and Daimler is in works to launch its second product in its refreshed portfolio after the #1 EV hatchback that debuted earlier this year. Under this partnerships, Daimler handles exterior and interior styling, whereas Geely is responsible for the tech, functionality and manufacturing.
The new car called #3 has just been leaked in China’s MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) images as every new car to be sold in China has to go through MIIT’s homologation process, thus the images & some technical details are published on their website prior to the introduction of vehicles in the market.
Like the Smart #1, the new #3 is built on Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) electric car platform. Measuring 4,440 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,785 mm, the #3 is longer & has a larger wheelbase than the Smart #1 that measures 4,270 mm long, 1,822 mm wide and 1,636 mm tall, with a 2,750 mm wheelbase. However #1 is slightly wider and stands taller than the #3.
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In terms of styling, the #3 looks very much connected to the #1 with similar headlights and taillights, side mirrors, pop-out door handles, Smart logos on C-pilars, etc. But the profile significantly differs from the #1 mainly because of a coupe-like roofline and reworked bumpers. The Smart #3 Brabus version, also gets a horizontal indent near the bonnet opening.
The entry-level Smart #3 gets a rear-wheel drive setup with an electric motor for 200 kW (272 hp). As for the all-wheel drive version, it is equipped with two electric motors for a combined output of 315 kW (428 hp). The #3 will get ternary NMC batteries, however the range and other technical details as well as the interior images are yet to be revealed. The formal launch is expected towards the first quarter of 2023.
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